Ever since we spent an evening drinking some serious cocktails in the Lobby Bar of One Aldwych, Rock has been intrigued by the restaurant there. Called Indigo, it has a menu which is entirely dairy free and gluten free. I’m less intrigued but very prepared to give it a go.
Everything starts well. They have decent beer – a Meantime lager will complement the food here well. Rock begins with a salad of smoked salmon, avocado, beetroot and cucumber. I choose the smoked salmon mousse with Oscietra caviar and young herbs. We are both impressed with the quality of the smoked salmon and astonished at the quality of the mousse – how has the kitchen produced something so rich and creamy without using dairy? Extraordinary.
Next Rock is having the chick pea panisse with confit tomato and sweet & sour sultanas. A panisse is similar to polenta but made from chickpea flour. It is crisp but strangely lacking in flavour and the other items on the plate do little to lift the dish. I have the duo of Scottish beef with pumpkin, crispy potato and thyme. I am almost as disappointed as Rock. The beef is ok, although the ratio of shin to the thick layer of potato cake is too mean. Nor is the potato crispy. The balance of the dish is just not right. Now our appetites seem to have disappeared.
Not for the first time, we have been hugely impressed by starters and then equally disappointed by the main dishes. I applaud Indigo for catering for those who need dishes that are dairy free and gluten free but sadly, going forward, the restaurant is also going to be WadeandRock free.